At the age of nineteen, he became a member of a group who gathered to discuss the interpretations of religious and philosophical views. The triumph of conservatism in government and education led Marx to hurry to complete his university work. Marx received his doctoral degree in 1841.
In October 1842, Marx turned to journalism and he became editor of a newspaper in Cologne. In the paper, he defended the wine-growing peasants against the wood-theft laws, and expressed his growing awareness of economic issues. This is where he first thought of the idea of physical force overthrowing physical force. Marx later said that this led him to move from pure politics to socialism.
After this event, Marx married his longtime girlfriend, Jenny von Westphalia, a member of the aristocracy, and they went to Paris for Marx to study socialism. While in Paris, Marx met Friedrich Engels with whom he began a lifelong friendship. In 1845 Marx left France after the Prussian government ordered him to. Marx went to Brussels with Engels where he sketched his theory of history. There they wrote German Ideology, which was not published until 1932. They then joined a communistic society called the League of Communists. When the society met in London in 1847, Marx and Engels were both present. There they wrote the Communist Manifesto. ...Show more